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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1834 entire headed "Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope/Febr 15th 1834" to "Mr George Atkinson/Perth or elsewhere/ on the Swan River" endorsed "Per Quebec Trader" rated "4" in red & with a largely very fine strike of the undated oval 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE' h/s. Remarkably fine, and a very early inwards item to the Colony, which was founded only five years earlier. The "Quebec Trader" departed Cape Town on 18/2/1834 and arrived in Fremantle on 19/4/1834. [George Atkinson arrived in Perth per "Medina" in July 1830, and worked as a carpenter until his death in 1843]
1834 (April 15) lengthy cross-written entire to an oil merchant in England with boxed 'INDIALETTER/BRIGHTON' b/s & London arrival cds of 4DE4/1834 in red, rated "2/-" but amended to "1/8", stained & soiled & extensive internal repairs/reinforcing. still presentable. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $747. [Between late-1833 and mid-1841 there were no postal implements in use at Perth. The writer, Barnard Clarkson, states "...whale fishing...shld be a proffitable concern here there are many whalers off this coast". Clarkson arrived 27/1/1833 on the "Cygnet", & died at York in 1836]
1840 (Dec 12) cross-written entire to England headed "Quambygine Farm", signed "Henry Carter" & on the face "HC Swan River", with postmaster's endorsement on the face "PO Perth 21 December 1840" & "Paid 4d" in red, straight-line 'SHIP LETTER' h/s & London arrival b/s of 6MY6/1841 in red, rated "8" in black. Carried via Mauritius per "Eleanor" which departed 1/1/1841. Rare post office endorsement in the period of no postal implements. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1437. [The post office was relocated from Charles Macfaull's home to the Public Offices on 12/3/1840. Henry Carter arrived -/6/1840 on the "Prima Donna". He became a leading pastoralist in the Avon District]
1851 mourning cover to Ireland "Overland" rated "1/-" with a poor strike of the crowned Perth handstamp unusually in black & a largely fine strike of the large oval 'SHIP-LETTER/[crown]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/PAID' handstamp in red, charged "2/2" on arrival, Dublin transit b/s in red & 'LEIGHLINBRIDGE' arrival b/s in blue. [This is a very early mourning cover from WA. Dr Walkley had only one in the pre-stamp period, of 1854, to the same addressee]
1854 (April) cover to England "By Overland route" with light but obvious strike of the undated Perth h/s in red & a light strike of the rare oval '___/[crown]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/PAID' h/s (#Pd 1 with 'SHIP LETTER' removed) in red, London transit backstamp in red & superb 'BRIGHTON' arrival backstamp in blue, central stain. Carried per "Chusan" from Albany 4/4/1854; "Hindoostan" from Galle 28/4/1854; & "Simla" from Alexandria. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [PMI records the recut h/s in 1854 only]
1854 entire headed "King Georges Sound" & signed "AThomson" (?) to Victoria with a good strike of the rounded-boxed 'PAID/("4 9 54")/ALBANY' h/s (#PA Pd2) in red & rated "4d" in red, 'SHIP LETTER/MELBOURNE' transit b/s in red & 'GEELONG/VICTORIA' arrival b/s. An unusually clean pre-stamp entire and a very scarce destination in this period. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1265.
1854 small cover to Kent with fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/("19 7 54")/GUILDFORD' h/s (#PA Pd2), endorsed "Missent" in red alongside 'CHATHAM' cds in blue, 'GRAVESEND' arrival b/s also in blue, minor soiling. Ex John Gartner and Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [A very late pre-stamp usage, only three weeks before the first stamps were issued, on 1/8/1854]
1862 (Nov 1) cover to London "via Southampton" with Albany cds at lower-left & the stamps washed-off, very fine boxed 'Saved from the wreck of/the Colombo' h/s, London arrival cds of JA1/63 in red, overall soiling. Carried per "Bombay" departed Albany 2/11/1862 for Galle. The "Colombo" was wrecked off Minicoy Island in the Laccadives on 19/11/1862. This item was put aboard "Nemesis" or "Ottawa" direct to Suez, then per "Massilia" from Alexandria 16/12/1862, arrived Southampton 30/12/1862. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1725. ÞÞThis was the first incident involving Australian mail to which a wreck cachet was applied. Only a few covers from Western Australia have been recorded.
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1902 Swan 1d red with heading 'FOR USE WITHIN WESTERN AUSTRALIA' LC1, to a ship's passenger at Auckland uprated with 1d tied by Fremantle duplex of NO4/02, forwarded to San Francisco & returned to Auckland, forwarded again to Palmerston North & finally again to Auckland where it was apparently delivered, instructional handstamps 'NOT ON BOARD' (American?) and NZ boxed 'NOT FOUND' & scarce 'RETURNED FROM/...' both in magenta, not surprisingly a bit soiled. An exceptional contemporary usage of this rare issue. Ex Dr Ed Druce: acquired for $1035. [In WA in 1902, 1d paid the town letter rate only, 2d being the rate both intrastate and interstate, and also to New Zealand & Fiji. The 1d Letter Card is recorded from July 1902 & was withdrawn about October 1902. 2400 were delivered to Perth but very few examples have survived, especially used]